Individuals in Miami and others elsewhere who make a trip to the emergency room feel that they have a serious condition that needs immediate attention. Doctors and other medical professionals should take each patient's situation seriously, as if it is life threatening. Unfortunately, a hospital mistake can occur that places the patient's life in danger. Medical malpractice in these situations can leave patients and their families physically and emotionally devastated.
As Miami residents know, the weather in southern Florida is usually beautiful. Sometimes though, the elements can be more than annoying. They can be downright dangerous. Extreme heat, severe storms and chilly nights can all pose threats, especially to our elderly residents. Since the elderly are more sensitive to the weather it is important that those who cannot care for themselves are watched after. When these vulnerable individuals are not properly taken care of, a tragedy, like the one in a nursing home neglect case that happened in another state earlier this year, can occur.
For some Florida residents, the family pet is an actual member of the family. In a somewhat unique case, a Bay Area sued a vet clinic for medical malpractice when her beloved dog died while under the clinic's care. The jury deliberated for almost ten hours after hearing the case but came away deadlocked, resulting in a mistrial.The woman was suing for damages for pain and suffering. The medical malpractice case is important in that its final outcome may play a part in how the Florida legal system will view future cases regarding a pet's death. Under Florida law, pets are considered property. That means a pet owner is entitled to fair value of the pet, but not for damages such as pain and suffering.
Medical malpractice occurs all too frequently in Florida hospitals, as one of our recent posts documented. There are many reports of people admitted to a hospital for one medical problem, only to die or suffer serious injury at the negligent hands of doctors and staff. When a person dies because someone did not adhere to standard operating procedure or failed to follow a surgeon's directions in preparing a patient for operation, we are all made painfully aware that those same medical malpractice mistakes could someday be our own undoing.
When people need surgery, they put their life in the hands of their surgeon. Sadly, even small mistakes in an operation can result in lifelong disability or even wrongful death. Medical malpractice only heightens the inherent risks associated with surgery, as a man in Florida recently discovered - twice.